in tears

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of in tears

: having tears come out of one's eyes
  • We were laughing so hard that we were in tears.

Word by Word Definitions

tear play tears
  1. : to separate parts of or pull apart by force : rend

  2. : to wound by or as if by pulling apart by force : lacerate

  3. : to divide or disrupt by the pull of contrary forces

  1. : damage from being torn (see 1tear)

  2. : the act of tearing something

  3. : a hurried and violent rush : a tearing pace

  1. : a drop of clear saline fluid secreted by the lacrimal gland and diffused between the eye and eyelids to moisten the parts and facilitate their motion

  2. : a secretion of profuse tears that overflow the eyelids and dampen the face

  3. : an act of weeping or grieving

  1. : to fill with tears (see 3tear) : shed tears


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